Film #297: THE WEAPON, THE HOUR, AND THE MOTIVE aka L'ARMA, L'ORA, IL MOVENTE
The Weapon, The Hour, and The Motive aka L’Arma, L’ora, il Movente
1.5 out of 5 stars
In his first directorial effort, Francesco Mazzei presents this tale of priest’s murder (after an intro that is filled with much hand-wringing) and the subsequent investigation. Acting is ok, but it’s the pace of the film that is so off-putting. Slow, plodding, and not particular interesting (either narratively or visually), WEAPON does its best to tell its story… it’s just that the story it has to tell is cliché and far too familiar. I mean, even casual fans of the genre will call each and every beat of its script. There are a few nicely crafted shots, but… let’s be honest, Argento this is decidedly not. As for the script, it stumbles along, but remains unfocused. I mean stuff happens, but it all lacks the necessary sense of import. There is even an odd little scene plopped down in the middle of the proceedings featuring “nude nun self-flagellation” (my new band name!). But, in the end, THE WEAPON, THE HOUR, AND THE MOTIVE is a minor, rather inconsequential film that tries to meld aspects of giallo, nunsploitation, and police procedural to little effect. Sadly, the film simply does none of those sub-genres any justice. Instead, we get a plodding murder mystery that occupies its space, but fails to deliver on the promise of its lurid title. So much so that, by the time the end credits come, you simply couldn’t care less.